Following are the various frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) visa category:

FAQs: Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS)

The Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) is for sponsored young people from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the United Kingdom.

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa is granted for a period of 2 years and cannot be extended beyond 2 years.

Deemed Sponsorship Status means that the country or territory is not required to issue its nationals or passport holders with a Certificate of Sponsorship in order to enable a successful application under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme. If you are from a country or territory that does not have Deemed Sponsorship Status, you can only apply at a post in your own country or territory. For details of these countries see Appendix G of the Immigration Rules.

Criterion Points

Nationality:

You will be awarded 30 points if you meet either of the below requirements:

  • you are a citizen of a country or passport holder of a territory listed in Appendix G of the Immigration Rules
  • you are a British Overseas Citizen, British Overseas Territories Citizen or British National (Overseas) as defined by the British Nationality Act 1981

You must produce a valid passport to confirm you are a national of a country or the rightful holder of a passport issued by a territory participating in the Youth Mobility Scheme or a British Overseas Citizen, British Overseas Territories Citizen or British National (Overseas).

If you are from a country or territory without Deemed Sponsorship Status you must also submit a valid Certificate of Sponsorship issued by your country or territory when you make your application. Currently South Korea and Hong Kong do not have deemed sponsorship status.

30

Age:

You will be awarded 10 points if you:

  • will be 18 or over at the time your entry clearance becomes valid for use; and
  • are under the age of 31 on the date your application is made.

In all cases the Home Office UKVI will use the passport issued by your country or territory to confirm that your age is within the prescribed range.

10

Maintenance:

To be awarded 10 points under the maintenance requirement you must demonstrate that you have the required funds as required under Appendix C of the Immigration Rules.

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As set out in Appendix G of the Immigration Rules, there is an annual allocation of places on the Youth Mobility Scheme for each participating country or territory. Applications will be accepted for consideration only up to the point that a country’s or territory’s annual allocation for that year has been filled. There is no annual allocation for applications from British Overseas Citizens, British Overseas Territories Citizens and British Nationals (Overseas).

You can challenge the refusal of your Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa by filing an Administrative Review (AR) against the decision of the Home Office UKVI.

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